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Brook-feather, Yellowroot, Parsley-leaf Yellow-root
Xanthorhiza simplicissima


Brook-feather, sporting attractive pinnate or bi-pinnate leaves, inhabits moist woods, shaded stream banks and thickets, where it suckers in the spring into a low, weak, shrubby plant. The brownish purple, star shaped flowers that appear prior to leafing out are interesting, but not showy. It is rare in Southeast Texas, but ranges northeast to New York. In the landscape in neutral to acid soil, yellowroot makes an attractive, upright, dense groundcover with lustrous bright green celery- like leaves. Its leaves have a purplish hue when new in the spring, and turn yellow with bronze and purple overtones before falling in autumn. It prefers shaded, damp, well drained soil, but dry soils will curb its suckering tendencies. It reaches only 2 to 3 feet in eight while creating a dense carpet of foliage. Although it is in the nursery trade and can be seen at several public institutions in the East, American gardeners have largely overlooked its ornamental potential.

Plant Habit or Use: groundcover
small shrub

Exposure: shade

Flower Color: brownish purple

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: follicle

Height: 4 inches to 2 feet

Width: 2 to 3 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: acid

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3

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